Archive - June 2017

1173: EU PARTNERSHIP TO EXAMINE BEE HEALTH
Friday 30 June 2017
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The European Union, scientists and policy-makers are to set up a new partnership to prevent further decline in the bee population.

It's estimated that as many as 57 pesticides are now killing off the honey bee population in Europe which has serious implications for food production.

Scientists have warned that if bees become extinct, humanity could end.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says the new EU partnership with bee keepers, scientists and policy makers is crucial to save the species.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: to Bee health

1172: EU €4 MILLION GRANT FOR NEW INTER-CONNECTOR
Thursday 29 June 2017
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The European Commission has awarded €4 million for a new project to build an electricity inter-connector linking France with Ireland.

The Celtic Inter-connector will make it possible for energy to be traded more freely between EU countries.

It will also improve Ireland's security of energy supply and will allow the integration of more renewables into the European energy system.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission in Dublin says the new energy link between France and Ireland should result in cheaper electricity and better broadband connectivity.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: and broadband facilities

1171: EU EMPLOYMENT CRISIS CONTINUES TO IMPROVE
Wednesday 28 June 2017
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Employment in the EU has returned to pre-2008 crisis levels, with jobs in hospitality and agriculture the key drivers in Ireland.

New figures from the European Jobs Monitor show that eight million vacancies have been filled across the European Union since 2011.

John Hurley is a Research Manager at the Eurofound Centre in Dublin.

He says the hospitality and agriculture sectors have been driving the growth in Irish employment in the last five years.

Interviewee: John Hurley | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: last few years

1170: EU FUNDING FOR THREE DUBLIN SMES
Thursday 22 June 2017
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Three Dublin companies have been awarded €50,000 each from the EU Horizon 20/20 Innovation Fund.

The beneficiaries are Businesspoint Intelligent Solutions which is working on a world-first personal robot, The Freebird Club, a web portal for social inter-action between elderly people, and Rapfast which develops silage wrap for farmers.

Over 50 Irish companies have now been awarded funding from the €77 billion Horizon 20/20 programme since 2014.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission, says the standard of Irish SME innovation is getting better and better with each passing year.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: half million euro

1169: EU ENERGY AWARD FOR DUBLIN COMPANY
Wednesday 21 June 2017
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Dublin firm Codema has won a European Sustainable Energy Award which recognises outstanding innovation in energy efficiency and renewables.

The not-for profit company, which works with Dublin City Council, was awarded the consumer category prize for inventing a portable kit which allows home owners to test where heat is being lost.

The energy-testing kits can be borrowed from all libraries in Dublin.

Mr. Santiago Blanco of the judging panel said the energy saving kit was a game changer in preserving energy and reducing CO2 emissions.

 

Interviewee: Santiago Blanco | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: use it better

1168: ECC ADVISORY ON BUYING TICKETS
Tuesday 20 June 2017
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The European Consumer Centre is advising that people should only buy entertainment tickets from established outlets.

It says more and more people are using independent websites only to find they transfer money but don't receive their purchase.

Martina Nee is communications officer with the ECC in Dublin.

She says there are a number of tips to follow to avoid being ripped off.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: should be clear

1167: ECC WARNING ON BUYING HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION ONLINE
Friday 16 June 2017
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The European Consumer Centre is advising people to exercise caution when buying holiday accommodation online.

It says failure to prove that the purchasing website is genuine, can prove costly.

The 'book now, pay later' practice can, in some cases, be misleading.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says where possible, keep records of transactions.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: on your statement

1165: EU MOBILE PHONE ROAMING CHARGES END TODAY
Thursday 15 June 2017
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The abolition of mobile phone roaming charges within the EU comes into effect from today.

Irish people visiting other EU states can now call home for the price of a local call here.

Limits however, will apply on data use depending on the terms of one's personal contract.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says this is a landmark day for the European Commission and everyone is a winner.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: be a winner

1164: EU MOBILE PHONE ROAMING CHARGES END TONIGHT
Wednesday 14 June 2017
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Mobile phone roaming charges within the European Union will end at midnight tonight.

From tomorrow, EU citizens can make calls within the European Union for the price of a local call, marking the end of excessive roaming bills.

However consumers are advised that when outside the country, data charges will vary between phone companies relative to individual contracts.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the abolition of the excessive charges marks another one of the many benefits of living in the European Union.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: protect the consumer

1163: ONE WEEK TO EU ABOLITION OF MOBILE PHONE ROAMING CHARGES
Thursday 08 June 2017
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There's just one week to go before the abolition of mobile phone roaming charges in the EU.

From next Thursday, Irish people can phone home from another EU state for the cost of a domestic call here.

Ruth Deasy is press officer with the EU Commission office in Ireland.

She says calls and texting from other EU countries will cost the same as here but data charges will vary between phone companies.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: exceed your allowance

1162: EU IRISH TRAVEL ADVISORY
Wednesday 07 June 2017
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The European Commission is advising Irish people travelling elsewhere in the EU this Summer to obtain a European Health Insurance card.

The Card is available for free from health centres and makes access to doctors and hospitals in other EU States easier.

Irish travellers are also advised that the EU equivalent to dialing 999 in an emergency, is the number 112.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says more details are available on the "Your Europe" website.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: country of destination

1161: EU IRISH DRUG-DEATH RATE
Wednesday 07 June 2017
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Ireland has one of the highest death rates per capita for drug consumption in the European Union.

New figures out for 2015 show that cocaine use in Ireland amongst 15-34 years olds, is the fourth highest in the EU.

The stats from the European Monitoring Centre for drug use and addiction show we have the second highest rate of ecstacy use per capita just behind the Netherlands.

Eoin O'Leary of the European Commission says the rate of drug-induced fatalities in Ireland is particularly worrying.

Interviewee: Eoin O'Leary | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: the EU average

1160: EU TO ROLL OUT FREE URBAN BROADBAND.
Friday 02 June 2017
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Free wireless broadband is to be rolled out in Irish towns and cities over the next three years.

It follows an agreement reached by the European Parliament, the EU Commission and the EU Council of Ministers.

Just under 8,000 urban centres across the European Union, including Ireland, will benefit from the initiative which will be EU funded through local authorities.

Eoin O'Leary, of the EU Commission, says the plan will be a huge boost for provincial towns where broadband coverage is currently weak.

Interviewee: Eoin O'Leary | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: online for free

1159: EU CITIZEN'S DIALOGUE IN KILKENNY
Thursday 01 June 2017
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Members of the public in the South East are invited to attend an EU citizens' dialogue in Kilkenny this afternoon.

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan will take questions from the floor on Brexit, the Common Agricultural Policy and related EU matters.

The event gets underway at 2.30 in the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says today's free event is an opportunity to learn about the European Union and its future.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: starting at 2.30